You want to know one really good way to grab my attention? Send me a message about a band and refer to that band as “garage-blues primitivists.” Suffice it to say that my curiosity was sufficiently piqued with that phrase alone. Then I heard the band and I realized that it is an accurate description. The guitar is fuzzy and has a real dirty garage feel that is the perfect compliment to the primitive rhythms.
The first band that comes to mind when I hear The Copper Gamins is The Bonnevilles, although The Bonnevilles sound is a little more explosive and maybe even a little more trashy. Don’t get me wrong. This band plays its songs with a good deal of energy too. You need only to listen to the first song “All Hid” to notice the energy guitarist Jose Carmen plays with.
While this band definitely has the gritty garage sound and some good energy, there is also a real storytelling quality to this. “This Old Boy” is reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, particularly his darker albums Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad.
Los Ninos de Cobre is available now from Saustex Records. If you like The White Stripes and The Bonnevilles, it’s a pretty good bet you’ll like this band too. Do yourself a favor. When you listen to this one, put it on speakers at a loud volume, not on headphones.